I’m always up for a startling awakening, one that opens my eyes or ears to a refreshing new perspective that breaks rules and reconstructs a new narrative. Well, it sounds like I’m describing Latino Rebels as an entity. I’m actually describing the new definition of real Latin Rock and the music of XIXA.
XIXA is true fusion of psychedelic and, most of all, rock ‘n’ roll. Their music is rooted in a South American heritage, but is equally informed by their home town of Tucson, Arizona’s legendary music scene. Their interpretation of chicha — Peruvian cumbia made popular in the Amazon and poor barrios of Lima during the ’60s and ’70s — surprisingly reveals a common thread within the music of Arizona’s desert: an obsession for hard-edge guitars and a strong taste for mixing rock and Latin flavors.
Their album Bloodline drops this month. The band’s artwork and videos are curated and produced by highly acclaimed Tucson visual artists Daniel Martin Díaz and Paula Catherine Valencia. Their embrace of gothic and surreal imagery is a perfect match for XIXA’s uniquely southwestern psychedelic sounds.
Punk rockers and band members Brian Lopez (vocals) and Gabriel Sullivan (guitar) sat down for a brief chat to enlighten me about this fantastic musical revolution.
Marlena Fitzpatrick: Chicha is an indigenous language from South America and is also a Pruvian music genre. Now, what does XIXA, the band, mean?
Gabriel: XIXA is a symbol that we chose to represent what we felt was a new sound that we had created with the band. We wanted something that had no meaning, no affiliations, no ties… a simple and bold image. We also really wanted to join the four letter band name crew: ACDC, KISS, Abba, MGMT… you know.
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